The Church of Saint Agnes

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The Church of Saint Agnes
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Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Date: 
Mon, 07/31/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We are all concerned about many things.
We are engaged in a number of pursuits.
Our minds and hearts are occupied with plans and goals,
things to accomplish, work to be done, responsibilities.
We are interested in seeing that certain matters are resolved,
that enduring values and habits and attitudes prevail.
We are looking of answers, trying to find inner and outer satisfaction and happiness.
We want to find our place in this world thinking and hoping this will bring us peace.
 
As Christians, as followers of Jesus Christ, we have a concern that others do not:
we are concerned about the Kingdom of God.  We care about the coming of the Age of Glory.
We have personal ties to this Kingdom.
We are connected to and involved in the building up of this Kingdom.
 
We are sifters;  not drifters but sifters.
We sift our human experience, we sift the matters of this world, we sift our own conscience,
we sift our interactions with others…
so that what is permanent and eternal is filtered out of what is temporary and passing,
so that what is sinful, what is evil, what causes discord
can be removed from what is life-giving and loving and Christ-like.
 
Another purpose sifting is the combine ingredients.
Dry ingredients when baking are sometimes sifted together to improve quality and texture.
As a community we sift together our gifts, our resources.
We sift into our lives the traditions and sacraments of our Church, the creeds of our faith,
the Word of God, the teachings of the wise, the learned, the prophet,
the guidance of the shepherd.
 
We are on the lookout, always and everywhere, for signs of the Kingdom.
What wasn’t there yesterday can be there today…
for the Kingdom of God is unfolding in our very history.
Its branches continue to reach out.  Its yeast continues to leaven lives and situations, minds and hearts,
causing the Kingdom to increase, to mature, to change what is ordinary and human
into what is divinely extraordinary.
Theologically speaking, it is grace added to nature; it is love and sacrifice overcoming sin.
 
What can be said about the Kingdom of God?
First of all, it is a mystery beyond current human comprehension.
It is made present in the world by Jesus Christ but will only be fully realized sometime in the future.
Its characteristics are outside the limits of the human order of things.
As a matter of fact, current human understanding and practices regarding greatness and rank
will be reversed.
In its completion it is the fulfillment of God’s plan for the Salvation of humanity and all of creation.
It has become visible and will continue to become visible within time.
It is marked by its universal scope and its all-embracing hospitality.
 
If we haven’t done so already, it is time for us to foster within ourselves and among ourselves
a deliberate consciousness of the Kingdom of God.
It needs to become for us a pair of eyeglasses that helps us to see clearly the things of God
as they are intermingled with the things of this world.
I have to wear glasses when I drive; otherwise I can’t see the signs that tell me where I am.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, You never cease to do the work of Salvation.  May a desire for Your Kingdom take hold of our hearts.  Bless us with an animated spirit, with eager exuberance, and with a full measure of joyful expectation as we wait for Your eternal rule over our lives.  Amen!”